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Hello, snowman! (Cassini observes Iapetus)

Emily Lakdawalla • February 19, 2010

I visited the Cassini raw images site today and was pleased to see another couple of sets of images have been captured on Iapetus.

Cassini eyes the eyeball

Emily Lakdawalla • February 16, 2010

On Saturday, Cassini flew within 9,500 kilometers of Mimas, the innermost of the medium-sized icy moons of Saturn.

Calypso coolness

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2010

Cassini got pretty close to Calypso yesterday, on the way in to Mimas. Calypso is one of the smaller moonlets of Saturn.

A Space Carnival (#140) and some new names for Enceladus

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2010

This week the Carnival of Space is over at one of my favorite new blogs, Lights in the Dark. Actually it's not so new -- evidently this week marks its first anniversary!

Pretty picture: Opportunity around Concepcion

Emily Lakdawalla • February 09, 2010

Here's a neat picture from Opportunity, a panorama composed of its wide-angle, mast-mounted Navcam cameras, showing the crater Concepcion.

Way-cool Martian flyovers by Doug Ellison

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2010

Doug Ellison has been playing with Martian digital terrain models recently, to great effect.

Mars Express animation of Phobos' shadow transiting Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • February 02, 2010

For the first time ever, Mars Express' Visual Monitoring Camera has imaged the shadow of Mars' moon Phobos crossing the surface of Mars.

A pretty picture of Concepcion crater

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2010

It looks like the rover team thinks Concepcion is pretty enough (in both aesthetic and a scientific senses) to be worthy of the full-color Pancam panorama treatment; color frames started arriving on Earth over the weekend.

Awesome New Mars Flyovers

Ryan Anderson • January 28, 2010

Check out these awesome flyovers of Mars, generated by Doug Ellison of UnmannedSpaceflight!

Cassini Aegaeon and Prometheus awesomeness

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2010

There were many, many treats waiting on the Cassini raw images website this morning. Yesterday, Cassini traversed the G ring, taking photos all the way.

Figuring out the shape of Mars (and other places)

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2010

An amateur named Bernhard Braun ("nirgal" on unmannedspaceflight) has been posting the results from a new piece of software he's developed that generates 3-D models of landscapes from single photos.

Highlights from the January 1, 2010 Cassini imaging data release

Emily Lakdawalla • January 13, 2010

The January 1, 2010 Cassini imaging data release includes everything acquired by Cassini from January 1 to March 30, 2009 in all its high-quality glory.

Odyssey's going to start listening for Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • January 11, 2010

It's been the second most popular question I get from readers: "When might we possibly hear from Phoenix?"

Asteroid 2867 Steins

Emily Lakdawalla • January 11, 2010

This description of asteroid 2867 Steins is based upon an article published in the January 8, 2010 issue of Science by H. Uwe Keller and numerous coauthors and on a related press release.

Spirit's still "extricating"

Emily Lakdawalla • January 08, 2010

It's been two months, now, that extrication efforts have been going on. It's discouraging that the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit isn't out of the trap.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 31: Uranus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2009

Did you think I was going to skip Uranus? How could I?

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 30: Tempel 1

Emily Lakdawalla • December 30, 2009

Looking over the list of planets, moons, and smaller bodies I posted so far, I realized I didn't have an image of a comet yet.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 29: Rhea

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2009

Rhea? You might be asking. Rhea? When Saturn has so many more interesting moons? Hear me out.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 28: Ariel

Emily Lakdawalla • December 28, 2009

Here's yet another of the moons of Uranus for you: Ariel, a near-twin in diameter to Umbriel, but apparently with more interesting geology.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 27: Prometheus (hot off the presses!)

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2009

This one is fresh from the spacecraft! The data were captured yesterday, December 26, by Cassini during its best yet imaging encounter with the small ringmoon Prometheus, and showed up on the Cassini raw images website today.

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